“This is something that demands our undivided attention.”
Leadership Type –
Hard-driver, Competitor, Producer
Value Drivers –
Market Share, Goal Achievement, Profitability
Theory of Effectiveness –
Aggressively competing and customer focus produce effectiveness
Investing in Performers, Initiatives, Acquisitions
Illustrative People –
Competitors, Motivators, Deal Makers
The Achiever is energetic, possesses high motivation and drive, with strong goal orientation and high productivity. They are competitive and business-like. Achievers are action and results oriented, and focus on the tasks ahead where performance and productivity are key. They are verbally and socially skilful, and sensitive to the latest trends. Achievers are very fast in analysing patterns in discussions and have a feel for which information they can use. Attention to detail is critical to them and they are often described as painstaking, anxious, orderly, conscientious people. Achievers are competitive and able to tolerate a lot of stress. They tend to be neat and tidy, prefer a lot of structure and have a high regard for tradition.
For Achievers, the thrill is in the crisis. They enjoy problem-solving and not necessarily having to rely on other people.
The Achiever creates a favourable environment for achievement of targets and good performance. The balance of authority and compassion is key to being an effective Achiever leader. The Achiever tends to shoulder burdens that other bosses might push upon staff.
The Achiever is verbally and socially skilful, and is sensitive to the latest trends. They cleverly use these to make a good impression on people. Their physical appearance, attitude and expressions are designed to fit their environment well. Achievers have the capacity to be liked by people without putting in much effort. They communicate continuously and thereby gradually gain access to important information, which they can use to slightly manipulate their surroundings.
Achievers prefer a business approach to a personal one, but if the situation demands it they can easily adapt their approach. They prefer win-win situations, as you might need someone again in the near future.
Organisations need these individuals to ensure that teams produce high-quality work. Achievers are especially valuable in work environments where precision and adherence to deadlines are essential. It comes naturally to Achievers to want to translate plans into concrete activities and to execute the decisions that have been made.
The Achiever is a perfectionist and will often go the extra mile to make sure everything is “just right”. The deliverables the Achiever produces can be trusted to have been double-checked and then checked again. Achievers have a strong inward sense of the need for accuracy, rarely needing any encouragement from others because their own high standards are what they strive to live up to.
Achievers are the people you want to have on your team because above all others they are hard-working and value relationships. They know how to make people feel comfortable.
Achievers ensure thorough quality and timelessness of team results. They emphasise the need for observing deadlines and schedules. Achievers will push the team if necessary, particularly at the end of a task to check for high quality, errors and provide finishing touches. They tend to be a perfectionist, conscientious and orderly.
Achievers are driven to reach targets and book results. They make demands on themselves and others, and are continuously aiming high. Achievers have a great capacity for follow through and wouldn’t normally start something they couldn’t finish.
The main contribution of an Achiever is to ensure all the team’s efforts are as near perfect as possible, and that nothing is overlooked. But when those efforts falter and a project is in need of rescue, trust an Achiever to step in and make things right. Achievers are able to streamline the process and give people what they need to do their jobs. The Achiever will figure out what really needs to get done.
Achievers are often perfectionists who have the ability to notice fine details, which enables them to scrutinise finished tasks or products for errors. They tend to be introverted individuals who often perform quality assurance during key stages of a project. Since these individuals strive for perfection, they tend to expect the same from those around them. They may frustrate their teammates though by worrying excessively about minor details and refusing to delegate tasks that they do not trust anyone else to perform.
The independent nature of Achievers means they are prone to bucking the authority of micromanaging Directors. Achievers don’t typically like to be micromanaged, and don’t like to micromanage other people. But Directors do appreciate the problem-solving skills of the Achiever.
Achievers sometimes clash with impractical Pioneers and esoteric Brokers, but they do tend to admire independent people who are self-starters, and come up with ideas on their own.
For Pioneers, Mentors and Brokers, for example, the details don’t matter as much as they do to the Achiever. Which is probably why the Analyst can so easily connect with the Achievers logical approach.
The Achiever may worry unnecessarily, and may find it hard to delegate adopting the attitude that: “it’s better to do the job properly yourself”. This can sometimes lead to focusing on the detail at the expense of the overall project outcomes.
Achievers can frustrate those around them by being too perfectionistic and can be prone to overworking themselves. They have a tendency to take too much on, because even if they think it’s efficient in the short term, it may not necessarily be efficient in the long term.
The main pitfall of the Achiever is that they want to get to work before the goal has been made clear and that they are often not readily willing to change plan. Achievers can also sometimes sacrifice innovation for the sake of triaging a problem. This can lead to Achievers clashing with Pioneers because of their desire to change problematic parts of the project, when Pioneers remain committed to the original vision.
Individuals with a high achiever personality also have a competitive streak. While this can lead to improved outcomes, it can also lead to poor morale among the team if left unchecked. High achievers can also sometimes struggle to deal with failure, or if things don’t go according to plan.
How to get the best out of Achiever Personalities
Achievers need to be encouraged not to allow their anxiety to get things right to have an effect on the morale of the team. They also need to be coached to accept help from other team members, especially when hugely overworked.
In other words, individuals with a high achiever personality need to see the fruits of their labour, and feel appreciated, but they must also feel supported and encouraged to take down time, or accept things which are out of their control. This is essential to avoid burnout in high achiever personalities.
They should be reminded to strike a balance between their need for perfection and the more practical outcomes required of the team in order to avoid overloading themselves and to delegate effectively. In the end, Achievers need to be encouraged that when the standard they expect has been made clear they need to let the team get on with the task.
People with a high achiever personality thrive when they understand what the ultimate goal of their work is. The more they have something to strive towards, the better they will perform. This can be either a collective or individual goal, for their own benefit, or that of the organisation as a whole.
Overall, Achievers should be encouraged to appreciate how their problem-solving skills have contributed and supported the team to achieve its objectives. This will help the Achiever understand where and how they fit in, and why it is that the success of the team is all important. Troubleshooting allows the Achiever to learn a bunch of stuff about things they haven’t ever trained in. It’s the way their brain works. That’s because Achievers are willing to go the distance to get the job done.
You’ll find Achievers in all sorts of careers, but the careers they most favour are listed below.
Career in Public Health
Career In Sports Medicine
Career in the Fashion Industry
Career in the Insurance Industry
Career in the Medical Field
Child Care Worker
Computer Networking Specialist
Computer Repair Technician
Customer Service Employee
Customer Service Representive
Early Childhood Educator
Emergency Medical Technician
Health Care Worker
Human Resources Employee
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Professional
Social Services Worker
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Worker
Stay at Home Parent
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Pioneers enable change and adaptation, and pay attention to the changing environment. They spot important trends, express ideas, anticipate change, and manage uncertainty and risk.